What: Eleven Voices, curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace of DVCAI (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) (on Facebook) and Kim Yantis (The Deering Estate). Exhibited South African artists include: Nicholas Hlobo, Anton Kannemeyer, Anja Marais, Judith Mason, Claudette Schreuders, and Rowan Smith. Featured local and international artists include: Gerard Caliste, Rondell Crier, Deming King Harriman, Aaron Hill, Carol Jaime, Barry Ledoux, Groana Melendez, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Kurt Nahar, Jose Pacheco Silva, Rontherin Ratliff, Antonious Roberts, and Duhirwe Rushameza.
When: October 8 through November 26,
Where: The Deering Estate, Miami, USA
Eleven Voices is an exhibit that aims to incite a conversation about cultural struggle, memory and identity among contemporary artists. Co-curators Rosie Gordon-Wallace (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) and Kim Yantis (The Deering Estate) select works that reflect thematic inspirations from South African art and culture.
Eleven Voices features the works of emerging and renowned South African and international artists, many of which are on special loan from the collections of Diaspora Vibe (DVCAI), the Petra Mason Collection of South African Art, and Kathryn and Dan Mikesell of the Fountainhead Residency and are on view in Miami for the first time.
Exhibited South African artists include: Nicholas Hlobo, Anton Kannemeyer, Anja Marais, Judith Mason, Claudette Schreuders, and Rowan Smith. Featured local and international artists include: Gerard Caliste, Rondell Crier, Deming King Harriman, Aaron Hill, Carol Jaime, Barry Ledoux, Groana Melendez, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Kurt Nahar, Jose Pacheco Silva, Rontherin Ratliff, Antonious Roberts, and Duhirwe Rushameza.
When: October 6 thru 8, 2016, 19:00-22:00 hrs
In October we can visit Doro’s fourth solo exhibition in De Hal. Among her new work, we can also see paintings from earlier years. This exhibition will include ‘the life behind the art’ and will present a remarkable new dimension in experiencing art.
“Art is always alive.”
Doro Nuyken, born 1970 in Germany, moved to Suriname in 2007. Until then Doro lived for a few years in Saudi Arabia, where she took up painting again. Ever since she was a child, Doro loved to draw en paint. After starting with figurative painting she gradually moved to abstract painting. Doro is born in a creative family; both granddads were professional musicians and her mother used to draw really well.
Her first impression of Suriname was full of surprises. Coming from the polished and luxurious Saudi Arabia, Doro experienced the overwhelming nature and the sometimes raw, authentic urbanization in the urban arias. Though not capable of speaking Dutch, Doro was so pleased by the warm welcome of the Surinamese people, who were putting all the efforts of helping her out to navigate through her new environment.
Doro is an autodidact ‘pur sang’. She kept experimenting with her painting, but her work really accelerated after taking a workshop in 2011 with Christiane Middendorf. Very inspired and with growing self-confidence, Doro started to experiment with different techniques and styles. It lead to her first exhibition on the ‘Kunst- en Kijkroute’, organized by ‘Stichting Kokriki’. From that moment on, Doro participated in exhibition 2 to 3 times a year.
Almost everything can inspire Doro. Whether profound happenings in her life or in society, to seemingly very insignificant details in nature. Also little memories of youth, a smell, sound or image can inspire her. While painting Doro gets to a somewhat ‘Zen’-like state that separates her from time, place and even sometimes herself. Doro’s work is identified by different styles and techniques, but throughout her work her unique signature is recognizable. Her favorite material is pure paint and a wide variety of pigments. They can be applied in a beautiful and divers way and thus give a special feeling and effect. Beside the paint and pigments, Doro likes to experiment with raw materials, like concrete, structure paste and ink.
In October we can visit Doro’s fourth solo exhibition in De Hal. Among her new work, we can also see paintings from earlier years. This exhibition will include ‘the life behind the art’ and will present a remarkable new dimension in experiencing art. This of course will not be revealed until the 6th of October.
“Art is always alive.”
August 2011, Kunst- en Kijkroute, Paramaribo, Suriname
April 2012, first solo exhibition at Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname
November 2012, National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
March 2013, solo exhibition at Shewa Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname
August 2013, Carifesta/National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
May 2014, solo exhibition at De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
July 2014, participating in Fiesta del Fuego, Santiago, Cuba, with other artists from Suriname
November 2014, National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
What: Thursday-Night-Feature, presentation by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj about his artist’s residency in Paris, France (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday October 06, 2016, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname
The October Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) at Readytex Art Gallery is right around the corner. Just like the previous editions of the TNF, the public has yet another interesting presentation to look forward to this time around. On this Thursday October 6th, visual artist Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will share with guests present at the gallery, all that he has done and experienced during his recent artist-in-residence (AiR) period at Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) in Paris, France. This extraordinary opportunity that was awarded to Ramsamoedj was made possible by the Cité internationale des arts residency, the Embassy of France and L’Alliance française in Suriname, ‘DAC de Guyane’ in French Guyana and the local support of Readytex Art Gallery. On this AiR period Ramsamoedj was able to spend three eventful and artistic months in Paris, France. In his studio he created, as specified in his project proposal, a large Anansi spider based on the textile-technique of his well-known ‘flexible man’ figures. In Paris he presented his version of the mythical eight-legged figure from Suriname’s and French Guyana’s shared African heritage, as a symbolic ambassador for cultural unity. What was also immensely gratifying to notice from his frequent messages and photo reports was how intensely the artist was enjoying and experiencing the city of Paris. The experience turned out to be much more than just a residency. It became an adventure. It also became a meaningful introduction to a city and a culture. For all the details of his Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) residency and his Paris-experience you simply must be present at the TNF on this Thursday October 6th to hear it all from the artist himself. With the help of photographs, videos and the Anansi spider that he created in his Paris studio, Ramsamoedj will take you back to the countless special moments he experienced in Paris. In order to give a bit of a Parisian flair to this evening, we would like to suggest that all visitors add something to their outfits that is representative of Paris or France. Please note however, this is not a requirement, just a fun suggestion. So please join us for this upcoming TNF with Dhiradj Ramsamoedj on Thursday October 6th. Readytex Art Gallery will be open on this evening from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm, and the presentation of Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will start at 7:30 pm.
What: A Reflex (Facebook), art from Botopasi by Roosje Verschoor and Isidoor Wens. An exhibition about the beauty of plastic and the charm of clay
When: September 28 thru 30, 2016
Where: Stichting Surinaams Museum, Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1701634583486028/
Both artists have spent seven weeks at Art Center Botopasi (ARTCEB), in the interior of Suriname. They were two completely opposite ideas in progress, which followed each other like a response. The result can be seen in Botopasi, Paramaribo, Den Bosch and Amsterdam.
Roosje was inspired by what she saw in the community and explored the aesthetics of it. Her work comments on the large number of brightly colored plastic that she saw every day on the river, in the kitchens and on the heads of the women of Botopasi. She became fascinated by the amount of color and variety. She has tried to research the status and beauty of the plastic stuff. By examining the different possibilities of plastic she got the opportunity to show similarities between the two very different worlds of Amsterdam Botopasi.
Isidoor, who is immensely annoyed by all that plastic, tries to think back, to the time that his grandmother made clay plates. In protest he does not eat or drink from plastic plates or cups. He collected different kinds of clay and made sculptures. His images are inspired by the female torso, a form that has played a major role in his work throughout his career. This form, as well as the medium itself: clay, emphasizes the naturalness. The female form represents Mother Earth, but is also a symbol of fertility.
What: Unland (also on Facebook), a group exhibition with Simone Bennett, Quinsy Gario, Inti Hernandez, Robbert van der Horst, Nour Eddine Jarram, Jane Jin Kaisen, Vladimir Tomic & Ana Pavlovic. Curator: Sasha Dees
When: September 8-October 22, 2016. Tue-Sat: 10:00-17:00 hrs, Thu: 10:00-20:00 hrs
Unland (also on Facebook)is the third exhibition by guest curator Sasha Dees in CBK Zuidoost. Its inspiration is her personal wonder about the (in)ability of society to reflect and evolve. How do we relate to each other while we move around the globe for different (un)compelling reasons: curiosity, economic gain, calamities, religion, war, leisure, knowledge, personal gain, etc? How sustainable, diserable and tenable is homogeneity autonomy and austerity? These are topics of ongoing discussion in the Netherlands in politics, media, on stages and in living rooms. Will we be able to look beyond our own shadow, to pursue a constructive dialogue. In Unland we see artists who continue to encourage dialogue.
With: Inti Hernandez , Jane Jin Kaisen, Nour Eddine Jarram, Quinsy Gario, Robbert van der Horst, Simone Bennett, Vladimir Tomic & Ana Pavlovic, Curator: Sasha Dees. Thanks to: Doris Salcedo, Michelle Eistrup, The Danish Arts Foundation and Galerie Ron Mandos.
Unland is dedicated to Phillips Edugivis Hernandez (30-03-1954 / 09-08-2016).
A new issue of newsletter Tembe Tori is out! Number 13 has an udate about the artists-in-residence in Moengo, and looks at the upcoming Moengo Festival, September 23, 24 & 25, 2016! Download your pdf here: Tembe_Tori, August 2015, number 13.
What: Moengo Festival 2016 ‘Poku fu kenki II’
When: September 23, 24 & 25, 2016
Where: Moengo, Marowijne, Suriname
In April 2012 the first edition of Tembe Tori was published. One page, printed with black ink on both sides, with news about former mining town Moengo. During a few months Tembe Tori was distributed regularly in the Moengo community and in Paramaribo. A good way to reach the people in Moengo, a small town in the Marowijne district in Suriname, where artist Marcel Pinas has established the Kibii Foundation, the Tembe Art Studio, the Contemporary Art Museum Moengo and the Marowijne Art Park. Although Tembe Tori served its purpose well, the 9th edition just never came … Until June 2015.
Tembe Tori, number 9 is now a fact. And starting with this edition, the newsletter has four pages and is printed in full color. In addition, Tembe Tori is currently also available digitally so people anywhere in the world can read up on what’s happening in Moengo. Available in Dutch only, Tembe Tori will be published monthly until at least September when the Moengo Festival will be held for the 3d time.
When: August 25-31, 2016. Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10:00-18.00 uur / zat & zon 11.00 – 18.00 uur
The paintings by Ken Doorson (Moengo, 1978) are special, particularly because of their historical value. During archival research Doorson stumbled upon manumission letters: the official documents of the release or redemption of slaves. Doorson used these letters by attaching them to a portrait of an imaginary person.
Previously on the Sranan Art-blog: Colored emotions, new work by Ken Doorson.
A YouTube-vdeo about Ken Doorson can be found here.
What: Thursday-Night-Feature, presentation by Chandra van Binnendijk & Marieke Visser about ‘Rebels in Surinamese Art’ (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday August 04, 2016, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname
At Readytex Art Gallery every start of a new month, means that it is time for yet another Thursday-Night-Feature. So indeed, on Thursday the 4th of August the gallery once again opens her doors between 7:00 and 9:00 pm, for a special presentation about art. In this Thursday-Night-Feature Chandra van Binnendijk and Marieke Visser present the results of their search for rebels in Surinamese art.
The writers argue that Suriname does not have an artistic climate in which stimulating debates take place. Nor is there a lively forum for dynamic views and criticisms. Still the visual arts here are not in the least a lethargic affair. In their presentation Van Binnendijk and Visser illustrate that there is indeed art created that does not easily fit into the standard models for contemporary art. Art made by artists who go against the grain of what the establishment considers acceptable.
This Thursday-Night-Feature will discuss artists who have ventured beyond the ‘the main stream’. On this evening the writers pay tribute to the rebels. Especially for the presentation the first floor of the gallery will display works fitting of the theme, selected by Chandra and Marieke, and the staff of Readytex Art Gallery.
A richly illustrated article on this subject has been published, in English, on the international art website Africanah.org, Arena for Contemporary African, African-American and Caribbean Art: http://africanah.org/looking-for-rebels-in-surinamese-art/. A Dutch version of the article has appeared in de Ware Tijd, July 30 2016, in the section ‘Mens & Maatschappij’.
Those who wish to hear, see and talk more about this subject are welcome on this Thursday, the 4th of August, at the Thursday-Night-Feature of Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the presentation (with slide-show) of Chandra van Binnendijk & Marieke Visser: ‘Looking for rebels in Surinamese art’, starts at 7:30 pm.
The exhibition ONE BARE FOOT SQUARE opening in the Outsider Art Gallery in the Hermitage Amsterdam is the most recent initiative of Chutima ‘Nok’ Kerdpitak (also on Facebook) and her ‘Uncooked Culture’ art platform. This artist and curator was also the initiator of the international travelling exhibition Circus Terminal, which in collaboration with Readytex Art Gallery had its final stop in De Hal in Paramaribo, Suriname in 2014.
It is incidentally an artist initiative during that exhibition in De Hal that inspired the idea for ONE BARE FOOT SQUARE. On the opening night of Circus Terminal the artists affiliated with Readytex Art Gallery each painted a series of small canvases of 15 x 15 cm, which were pinned on a large panel, together creating the look of a colorful mosaic.
ONE BARE FOOT SQUARE is a collaborative artist-led travelling mosaic canvas. Artists create a One Foot square canvas forming a bigger piece with variable dimensions depending on the exhibition space.
ONE BARE FOOT SQUARE starts in the Netherlands with 73 international artists from 15 different countries. Participating from Suriname, are visual artists Rinaldo Klas, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Shaundell Horton and Sancha Sullivan.
Outsiders, Neo-Outsiders & artists from all other Squares, will be contributing their creations as its Uncooked boundary-crossing recipe progresses. The mosaic canvas will project a spectrum, weaving together each individual’s life journey; reflecting on their experience, hopes, thoughts & imagination through their diverse practice, from doodles, painting, stencil to mixed media.
When: Opening: Saturday July 30th from 3:00 pm–5:00 pm. The exhibition is on display until August 13th 2016 and entrance is free
It is turning out to be quite an interesting year for visual artist Kurt Nahar. On July 9th,, 2016, he leaves for the USA where he will spend three weeks at the Joan Mitchell Center (on Facebook) in New Orleans as an artist-in-residence researching and creating work about a social issue that has, in past and present, held the whole world in its throes. In New Orleans Nahar will direct his energy towards the complex and multifaceted theme of various refugee crises.
The residency at the Joan Mitchell Center (on Facebook) was brought to the attention of Readytex Art Gallery by their good friend and trusted collaborator in the arts, Rosie Gordon-Wallace of DVCAI (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) (on Facebook) in Miami. In recent years Rosie has travelled to Suriname with a team of US/Caribbean artists twice and she has been a fan and supporter of the work of Kurt Nahar for even longer than that. On her recommendation the team of Readytex Art Gallery set to work with partner artist Kurt Nahar, to submit an application on his behalf for participation in this residency project in New Orleans. In February 2016 we were informed that the selection committee of the Joan Mitchell Center had granted Kurt Nahar a spot in her summer residency program.
The Joan Mitchell Center aims to be a place for creation, innovation and transformation, while supporting values of community, diversity and social equity. It will therefore undoubtedly serve as the perfect backdrop and environment for the work that Kurt plans to create during his residency. In his research Kurt Nahar will explore the various angles of the issue of forced displacement of large groups of people, focusing primarily on the victims of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the Maroons who fled their jungle villages after the war in the interior in Suriname in the 80’s, as well as the current refugee crises from the Middle East that affect so many countries around the world. He will focus especially on the aftermath, and the often-tragic consequences for all communities and individuals involved. What exactly his resulting artwork will end up being – although it is almost certain that it will be an installation made from locally found materials -, depends on that which he encounters during his research.
Nahar’s residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans runs from July 11th until August 5th, 2016. From there the artist travels to Miami where he will spend several days as a guest of DVCAI (on Facebook) where Rosie Gordon-Wallace has arranged various opportunities for him to present his work in her lively art community there.
TEXT Press release Readytex Art Gallery, 2016